Who am I as a therapist? I am a strengths-based therapist who strives to work with and collaborate alongside my clients to help them achieve a higher sense of wellness. I enjoy using humor, creativity and the innate wisdom each of us have of our body/mind/spirit to work with individuals. I incorporate movement, breathwork, mindfulness and yoga in my work to help clients increase an awareness of themselves, their relationships, and the dreams they have for themselves. I work through a holistic lens, as individuals with many experiences which collect together to create who they are, and can allow themselves to be who they want to be. I believe in addressing interpersonal qualities that both help and hinder our relationship to ourselves and others.
Who do I work with? I enjoy working with individuals who are motivated to explore and create healthier patterns and ways of being. I welcome the chance to work with children, adolescents and adults across any stage of life and life transitions. I particularly enjoy working with women/parents on perinatal and postpartum issues (anxiety, birth trauma, postpartum depression, miscarriage/grief/loss, etc) and parenting support. I also have experience in working with individuals in addressing the connection between physical and mental health, including somatic anxiety, chronic pain and medical conditions.
How do I practice? My practice is founded in strengthening the connection of the body/mind/spirit that each individual holds. I work to creatively engage with my clients in ways that feel empowering and enriching to their lives. I believe that each of us have inner wisdom and guidance to connect to, we often just need a few extra nudges to find it. I want to help individuals feel affirmed in who they are, and consider myself to be an LGBTQIA ally and affirming clinician. I am honored to be included in someone’s healing journey, regardless of how it ‘looks’. I believe progress in not linear but rather a journey to be navigated without judgement, and unconditional support. I work to collaborate, teach and be present with my clients throughout their processes.
My areas of interest: I work with clients who are open-minded and feel ready to engage in creating a higher sense of wellness for themselves. I enjoy working with individuals navigating life changes and transitions, depression, anxiety, medical and somatic stress and conditions. I have been honored to work with women and their partners as they address their mental health throughout all stages of pregnancy and their time post-partum. This includes birth trauma, infant loss/grief and navigating life as a parent.
My background: I have been a mover my entire life, and my interest in helping individuals led me to becoming a dance/movement therapist (DMT). I completed my BFA in Dance and certificate in Dance/Movement Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015. I followed this pathway to Columbia College Chicago where I earned a Masters in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling in 2017. In my own pursuit of self-care, I completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification, and have completed training to be a Prenatal Yoga Teacher. I continue to teach movement, dance and musical theater as a way to connect to my own creativity, and continue to be a part of yoga and movement communities. My work as a therapist has included hospital and residential treatment centers, group work and individual trauma work.
Favorite Quote: “You were wild once, don’t let them tame you” – Isadora Duncan
I joined CTC in late April 2021. I am a passionate caregiver striving to find the body/mind/spirit connection through a holistic lens. I strive to incorporate all levels of health and healing through breath-work, movement and whatever creativity can be embraced.
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How do I practice?
With the firm belief that each person has a unique story, I encourage clients to gain tools for self-advocacy and self-empowerment, while finding their true, authentic sense of self. I use a psychodynamic, relational, approach, while incorporating body-centered/mindfulness with youth and adults. I collaborate with my clients to identify both their immediate and deeply rooted challenges. When working with children, I work closely with parents to facilitate their child’s therapeutic progress with conflict resolution, social problem solving, behavioral modification, and improving communication. I also often utilize creative interventions with children, including expressive arts, sand tray, and play therapy.
People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel